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    #1

    Possessive s

    Dear teachers,

    My question is about possessive s

    1.If we talk about the family of Amr and Hala
    and both of them belong to the same family
    what can we say?

    2.If we talk about the family of Amr and the family of Hala
    and they don't belong to the same family
    what can we say?

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    #2

    Re: Possessive s

    Amr and Hala are related: Amr and Hala's family.
    Amr and Hala are not realted: Amr's and Hala's families.

    Frank has a son. Monica has a son: Frank's and Monica's sons will be there.
    Frank and Monica have two boys together: Frank and Monica's sons will be there.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Possessive s

    Thank you

    As I expected.

    My question now is:
    Amr and Hala family's like rice.

    I don't understand this sentence.
    Is it correct?
    Is the ('s) possesssive?

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    #4

    Re: Possessive s

    It's not correct. Where did you see it?

    I suspect that they meant "families." Some people try to form the plural with "apostrophe s," even though it's incorrect.

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